I’d wager the uttering of Donald Trump’s name has elicited eye-rolls, some dramatic, some subdued, from most for a while now. The outlandish claims and bullish obstinacy have reached a summit that even the party hesitates to scale. And they probably shouldn’t if they want any hope of turning the tides of future elections.
In a recent interview, Rep. David Joyce, a moderate Republican from Ohio, said, “We lost because of some of the arguments that were being made and some of the candidates that we had.” Joyce heads the Republican Governance Group, an organization of nearly 50 House Republicans who believe that Congress should be a functioning institution. Imagine that.
His goal is to present as a counterweight to some of the more extreme Republican ideologies and gain the trust of Democrats. In his endeavor to accomplish such an unprecedented feat, Joyce still refuses to cut ties with Donald Trump. “I will support whoever the Republican nominee is,” said Joyce.
Here’s a post from those above potential Republican candidate from over the weekend: “So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone False & Fraudulent Elections!” He also wrote: “UNPRECEDENTED FRAUD REQUIRES UNPRECEDENTED CURE!”
Still, feeling loyal, Mr. Joyce?
In ordinary circumstances, this dynamic would be unremarkable. But in a tumultuous and schismatic political climate, political figures must focus less on remaining faithful to their party and more on serving the public and steering us back toward effective diplomacy. Unfortunately, in today’s world, blind allegiance is commonplace.
Many Republican party officials dismiss Trump’s ranting speech as unlikely to manifest. They tend to brush his statements off as if he were a drunk aunt at the annual Thanksgiving dinner who has a penchant for offending relatives and causing spats. How I wish he were that easy of a problem to solve.
To the seemingly honorable members of the Republican party that write Trump off as a polarizing but harmless force, tell that to the victims of the January 6th insurrection. How could someone of Trump’s views and temperament be fit for the Oval Office? And is the Republican party sustainable if they continue to associate with him?
Larry Hogan, Maryland’s Republican governor, refused to vote for Trump in 2020. Georgia’s Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced that he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Herschel Walker, his own party’s senatorial candidate, and opted to leave his ballot blank. He later described Walker as “one of the worst candidates in our party’s history.” Let me present some of the few who have managed the courage to abandon Trump and maintain their status as practicing Republicans. It turns out it’s not impossible. Gasp.
Trump’s policies aren’t even the issue. His questioning of Republican orthodoxy on globalization, trade, immigration, and entitlements and his direct appeals to the interests and sentiments of working-class voters were valid and effective in securing the popular vote. But could we trust him to uphold the oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” considering his recent history? The reality of this answer has been staring the Republican party in the face for the past two years, although they have failed to confront it.
If conservatives continue to preach the power of Trump in public and pray he goes away without a fight in private, they have another thing coming. Far be it from Trump to admit defeat, and with the economy surrendering to inflation, states that flipped for Joe Biden in 2020 could be back in play. Long story short, if Trump wins the Republican nomination, he could pull off a second term and put a future of political harmony and cooperation in its grave.
If democrats, urban populations, millennials, and generation z rejecting him isn’t enough, then opposition must come from inside the house. Make America sane again.
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